Sunday, March 27, 2011


Saturday, March 19, 2011

All around you, swift, so swift...

Bizet's Carmen Illustrations ...artist currently unknown to me

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

...voluptuous field, knowing...

Dubhlina: by Vladimir Clavijo

"She touched the edge of its voluptuous field, knowing it would be lovely beyond dreams simply to submit to it; that not gravity’s pull, laws of ballistics, feral ravening, promised more delight. She tested it, shivering: I am meant to remember. Each clue that comes is supposed to have its own clarity, its fine chances for permanence. But then she wondered if the gemlike “clues” were only some kind of compensation. To make up for her having lost the direct, epileptic Word, the cry that might abolish the night."
— Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

Monday, March 14, 2011

Chinese Vaudeville

After the tap dancer and St. Mary's all-girl Chinese music orchestra, Harry Haw introduces a Chinese Bing Crosby and lets him have a go at it before giving him the gong. The fellow impersonating Bing is Sammee Tong, an actor, comedian, and singer who is remembered today only for his role as the houseboy in the 1950s television series Bachelor Father , and often cited in Multicultural and Ethnic Studies texts as an example of the demeaning and embarrassing Asian stereotypes perpetuated in American culture. But back in the 1940s, Sammee Tong was the master of ceremonies at Oakland herbalist Fong Wan's New Shanghai Cafe, where he was billed as "Chinatown's Playboy Songster". I've been unable to find any information about Sammee's career earlier than an uncredited role as a waiter in Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935). But since he was a San Francisco native, like Harry Haw, it's certainly possible that he was a member of Harry's Chinese revue.

Looked at today, the following clip from Stowaway is a very precious record of the ephemeral history of Chinese American vaudeville.



Saturday, March 12, 2011

Five Ways...

Photo showing Breton wearing a crown of thorns, originally used in the anti-Breton pamphlet, Un Cadavre (1930)

(via i12bent)

Five Ways To Kill A Man
by Andre Breton

There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man.
You can make him carry a plank of wood
to the top of a hill and nail him to it. To do this
properly you require a crowd of people
wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak
to dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one
man to hammer the nails home.

Or you can take a length of steel,
shaped and chased in a traditional way,
and attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears.
But for this you need white horses,
English trees, men with bows and arrows,
at least two flags, a prince, and a
castle to hold your banquet in.

Dispensing with nobility, you may, if the wind
allows, blow gas at him. But then you need
a mile of mud sliced through with ditches,
not to mention black boots, bomb craters,
more mud, a plague of rats, a dozen songs
and some round hats made of steel.

In an age of aeroplanes, you may fly
miles above your victim and dispose of him by
pressing one small switch. All you then
require is an ocean to separate you, two
systems of government, a nation’s scientists,
several factories, a psychopath and
land that no-one needs for several years.

These are, as I began, cumbersome ways
to kill a man. Simpler, direct, and much more neat
is to see that he is living somewhere in the middle
of the twentieth century, and leave him there.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

happy FAT tuesday

video found by Cheyanne Oblivious

Martin Wittfooth

48” x 36”
Oil on panel

Monday, March 7, 2011


A young , beautiful Agnes Moorehead

The ''Givenchy of Rome'' Designer, Roberto Capucci

Giuliano Bekor

video via Lateefah Wright dolls

Happy Mardi Gras !